January Stamp of the Month Gift Card Box

CTMH Gift Card Box die

It’s confession time.  When I first looked through the new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog, the first item I was over-the-moon for was the *NEW* Gift Card Box Thin Cuts die.  I love creating 3-D items and I am definitely developing an obsession for dies.  Put the two together, like CTMH did, and it’s pure magic.  Not only do you get the die for the box, but you get additional dies to create windows for the box or for tags or maybe you just use these for totally different projects all together.  You definitely are getting more bang for your money!

January Stamp of the Month Bloom & Grow

I was super excited to create my first box using this die!  I decided to pair it with the January Stamp of the Month–Bloom & Grow.  The seed packet image in this set is simply gorgeous.  I’ve yet to use it (I did think about using it as the cover to my box using it sideways; but it just didn’t work right so it’ll be for another project!)

January Stamp of the Month Gift Card Box

I decided to use some of the smaller images to create my own patterned paper (I started with the Stripe Glacier Paper in the Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection.)  I used Sweet Leaf , Glacier and Juniper inks.  I cut out the stamped Stripe Glacier Paper using the rectangle die (but you could definitely cut it out with your trimmer, too.)  I then stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the oval die.

January Stamp of the Month Box Side View

I adhered the papers a little off center for a little more visual appeal.  And then added a cute little bow using the *NEW* Light Grey Ribbon (I love ribbon.  And this ribbon is pretty awesome.  It’s a nice weight grosgrain.)

January Stamp of the Month Gift Card Box Front View

Perhaps the best detail (in my opinion) is the White Pearl.  Even though this die has the perfect tab/slot closure, I instantly saw a little gem or something as a finishing detail to this box.  I do really think it finishes it off nicely.

Inside January Stamp of the Month box

Last, but not least, you can’t forget the inside of the box, right?  I cut out another one of the patterns from the Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection and lined the inside of the box.  It makes for a pretty impression when you open up the box!

While these boxes are perfectly sized to hold a gift card, there’s no reason you couldn’t add a small packet of seeds in this darling box.  But a gift card to a nursery to pick out already established plants would be nice, too!

To shop for supplies to create your own box, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Welcome Spring Card

Welcome Spring Card

Today it’s rainy and pretty dreary where I live.  But I actually like it.  It’s a change in weather, something I feel like there isn’t enough of in California (it’s important to note that I grew up in the Midwest so I am accustomed to some pretty dramatic weather changes!)

CTMH Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack

I felt like this card offered some great hope for a beautiful spring.  Plus, I’m absolutely in love with Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection!  Check out those beautiful patterns!

CTMH's Welcome Spring Stamp Set

And you can’t go wrong with a stamp set called Welcome Spring!  (I also really love the “Sunny days” sentiment!  Several people have already pointed out this stamp set to me because of my blog name.  I just need to mask off the “s” from the image and I’ll be good to go!) 🙂

 

Make It From Your Heart Volume 4

I designed this card using CTMH’s *NEW* Make It From Your Heart Volume 4–it’s all about cards!  Yep, 54 pages of wonderful inspiration for cards.  The new collection contains 24 new patterns simple enough that you can create cards quick and easy, but also with room to embellish to your heart’s desire.

Welcome Spring Card Closeup

I used the soft colors in this paper collection (Juniper, Fern and Glacier) along with Sponge Daubers to ink up the sentiment.  It makes for a nice multi-colored image and is easy enough to do.

Welcome Spring Card Layers

I love the look of the angles in this pattern and felt this ribbon cutout from CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection was a perfect focal point for the card.  And the final touch was 2 small Bitty Sparkles (love these gems, but you definitely need to use a pair of Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors or a pair of Tweezers with them!)

Be sure to check out all the new crafty goodness in Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog that was just released.  I have no doubt you’ll fall in love with an item or two (or ten!)

National Papercrafting Month Love Letters

CTMH Love Letters Special

Happy National Papercrafting Month!  It’s always fun to have a reason to create, right?!?  Well, Close To My Heart has a gorgeous project for you.  And I mean absolutely gorgeous.  This month only, you can grab your choice of Love Letter Kits exclusively from Close To My Heart.

CTMH & Love Letter

Plus, when you order 5 letters, you get the 6th letter kit for FREE!  But you know what’s better than that?  Getting your very 1st kit for FREE!  Yep, Close To My Heart is giving away some of these kits–you get to choose which letter kit you’d like, too.  Here’s the info they posted today on the CTMH blog:

All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Thursday, January 4th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

Now, let us tell you a little more about these Love Letters!

CTMH Love Letters Kit Contents

Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.

As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

CTMH Love Letter G

1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.

CTMH Love Letter Sticker Placement Tip

2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.

CTMH Love Letter Flower Closeup

3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)

CTMH Love Letter Banner

4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.

These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!

We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!

Don’t forget–you must leave your comment on the CTMH Blog by Thursday, January 4th at 11:00 am (MST) to qualify.  Best of luck to you!

And if you don’t want to leave it up to chance, you can visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE and grab your favorite Love Letter Kit(s) now!

New Year & New CTMH Catalog!

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog

Happy 2018!  Are you ready for all the wonderful things that await you in the new year? How about some amazing *NEW* Close To My Heart products?!?  That’s right, today brand new products from CTMH were released in the *NEW* 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog.

Stargazer Scrapbooking Stamp Set

From awesome new stamp sets…

CTMH Carry-all Case

to gorgeous new organization pieces, you are sure to fall in love!

Grab your favorite tasty beverage and find a comfy spot to check out all the goodness found in the *NEW* 2018 Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog.

 

Day 3 CTMH Boxing Week Specials

CTMH Boxing Week Sale

We are now at the half way point of Close To My Heart’s 4-day Boxing Week Special.  Each day at midnight, new specials have been offered with discounts up to 40%!

CTMH Cricut You Are Here Collection

CTMH Cricut You Are Here Digital Collection–30% Off!!

Today, on the 3rd day, I’m surprised to see our newest Cricut Collection–You are Here–is on special (I was hoping that would happen since we’ve had 2 days with 2 other exclusive Cricut Collections, but not sure since it was just released in August.)

Now is the perfect time to grab your own Cricut You Are Here Collection.  Or check out the other great deals on cardstock, ink pads, and more on my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Day 2 CTMH Boxing Week Specials

CTMH Boxing Week Sale

It’s now Day 2 of Close To My Heart’s Boxing Week Specials.

Boxing Week CTMH Cricut Special

CTMH Cricut Artistry Digital Collection–30% off!

Today’s spectacular special is on another one of Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Collections.  You can get the Cricut Artistry Digital Collection for only $55!

Check out the other deals for today on my ONLINE CTMH WEBSITE.

Day 1 CTMH Boxing Week Specials

CTMH Boxing Week Sale

There are a couple hours left to enjoy the deals from Day 1 of Close To My Heart’s 4-Day Boxing Week Special.  Each day–starting today at midnight (MST)–CTMH will be posting new deals that are good until 11:59 pm that day (or until supplies run out!)

CTMH Cricut Flower Market

CTMH Digital Cricut Flower Market Collection–30% off!

You can save up to 40% off fabulous Close To My Heart products.  Today, you can save on cardstock, inks and reinkers from the Adventure palette.  Or you can snag yourself a new album to start the year off fresh with your scrapbooking projects.  But perhaps the most exciting deal, is that you can get yourself the Cricut Flower Market Digital Collection for only $55!

Be sure to check out today’s deals before 11:59 pm (MST) tonight on my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Merry Christmas!

Paper Christmas Ornaments

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.  Today, I am sharing ornaments I created to hold my kids’ “reindeer food.”  Each year, I create a new way to hold their reindeer food–you can see another idea HERE.

Reindeer Food Paper Ornament

It’s one of our traditions that we do before bed on Christmas eve–they sprinkle the oats (usually I add some red and green sugar sprinkles to make it a little more festive) on our front lawn for Santa’s reindeer to have a little treat on their journey.

We’d love to hear one of your family’s Christmas traditions!  Please leave a comment below and let us know one.